Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues

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Director: Martin Scorsese, Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis

Cast: Martin Scorsese, Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis


Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Blues: A Musical Journey is a seven-part documentary film series exploring the evolution of the blues. Not an exhaustive catalog of the musical genre, the series is rather a collection of personal stories about the journey of an influential art form. Each film is made with respect to the individual filmmaker's own…  See more details below


Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Blues: A Musical Journey is a seven-part documentary film series exploring the evolution of the blues. Not an exhaustive catalog of the musical genre, the series is rather a collection of personal stories about the journey of an influential art form. Each film is made with respect to the individual filmmaker's own style. The series includes Feel Like Going Home (Martin Scorsese), The Soul of a Man (Wim Wenders), The Road to Memphis (Richard Pearce), Warming by the Devil's Fire (Charles Burnett), Godfathers and Sons (Marc Levin), Red, White & Blues (Mike Figgis), and Piano Blues (Clint Eastwood). The Blues was originally broadcast on PBS from September 28 to October 4, 2003. The series spawned this DVD box set, a CD collection, and a companion book.

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The PBS documentary series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues comprises seven films, each directed with a personal touch by prominent filmmakers, including Scorsese himself, who directs the first installment. Two CD companion sets are available: A comprehensive five-CD set, "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues -- A Musical Journey;" and a 21-track single CD, "Martin Scorsese Presents The Best of the Blues" are both available in our Music Store. Individual program titles and highlights include:
Feel like Going Home: Directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring original performances by Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Corey Harris, Othar Turner, Ali Farka Touré, Salif Keita, and Habib Koité.
The Soul of a Man: Directed by Wim Wenders and featuring performances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Nick Cave, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Los Lobos, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Marc Ribot, Shemekia Copeland, and Garland Jeffreys, plus clips of Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir.
The Road to Memphis: Directed by Richard Pearce and featuring original performances by B. B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon, and Ike Turner, plus clips of Elmore James, Jackie Brenston, Little Junior Parker's Blue Flames, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Warming by the Devil's Fire: Directed by Charles Burnett and featuring music from Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith, Elmore James, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Charley Patton, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and others.
Godfathers and Sons: Directed by Marc Levin and featuring original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner, Sam Lay, and the Electric MidKats (featuring Chuck D.), plus clips of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Bo Diddly, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Red White & Blues: Directed by Mike Figgis and featuring original performances by Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, and Lulu, plus clips of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton), the Spencer Davis Group (with Steve Winwood), Big Bill Broonzy, Cream, and Fleetwood Mac.
Piano Blues: Directed by Clint Eastwood and featuring clips of Ray Charles, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Pinetop Perkins, Jay McShann, Jelly Roll Morton, Professor Longhair, Dave Brubeck, and others.

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Special Features

Each of the seven films comes on an individual disc, with specific making-of features, director interviews and commentaries. Also included on each disc will be performances cut from the final broadcast versions, including footage of Jeff Beck, Otis Rush, Ike Turner, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Lou Reed, Cassandra Wilson, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Ali Farka Touré.

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Scene Index

Side #2 -- Warming By the Devil's Fire
1. Series Open and Credits
2. Trouble So Hard: Opening Title Sequence
3. Memphis Jug Band: "K.C. Moan"
4. 1956: You're Down Here Now Boy
5. New Orleans: Your Roots Run Deep Boy
6. Reverend Louis Overstreet & The Eureka Brass Band: "Funeral Procession Dirge"
7. You Can't Pick Cotton on the Ocean
8. Make Yourself at Home
9. Washboard Street Band
10. First Night at Buddy's: Music in His Dreams
11. Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part One
12. Son House's Philosphy of Blues
13. Son House: "Death Letter Blues" Part Two
14. This Museum Has an Outhouse
15. The Women of the Blues
16. Sister Rosetta Tharpe: "Up Above My Head I Hear Music in the Air"
17. Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington
18. Women of the Blues Sampler: Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Dinah Washington
19. I Learned a Lot About Body Parts
20. Times Like This I Didn't Like Buddy Much
21. Sonny Boy Williamson: "Come On in This House"
23. Warming By the Devil's Fire
24. Surviving: You'll Be Surprised Who You Find in Heaven and Who You Find in Hell
25. Sam Chatmon: "Sitting on Top of the World"
26. Roots in Africa: Handy and the Language of the Blues
27. Joe Turner Blues
28. Honey Boy's House: Self Taught Masters
29. Masters Perform: Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker
30. Playing the Blues: It's a Serious Thing
31. Mississippi John Hurt: "Spike Driver Blues"
32. Back Sliding into Darkness
33. The Trails That Lead Us: Time and Time Again
34. Lightnin' Hopkins: "Lonesome Road"
35. Forced on a Levee and Gandy Dancin'
36. The Crossroads: Playin' With Fate and the Devil's Tricks Again
37. Bessie Smith: "St. Louis Blues"
39. Door to Door: The Elizabeth Cotton Story
40. Blues Is the Truth: Everybody Has 'Em
41. Willie Dixon: "Nervous"
42. Victoria Spivey: "T.B. Blues"
43. Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry: "Key to the Highway"
44. John Lee Hooker: "Boom Boom"
45. My Kind of People: Now You Got a Good Reason to Get Saved
46. Credits and Montage
Side #3 -- The Soul of a Man: A Film By Wim Wenders
1. Series Credits [1:10]
2. Show Open: The Sould of a Man [:48]
3. Voices in Space/The Sounds of Earth [2:36]
4. Blind Willie Johnson "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" [:58]
5. Marc Ribot "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" [:22]
6. Born to Tough Luck and in Hard Times [1:30]
7. Blind Willie Jonson "Trouble Will Soon Be Over" [:36]
8. Skip James: A Bootlegger's Blues [2:10]
9. Going to Graiton [:50]
10. Sounds in the Attic [2:05]
11. Skip James "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" [1:07]
12. Suffering Door to Door: Highway 61 [1:20]
13. Lucinda Williams "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" [1:22]
14. Suffering Door to Door: Highway 61 [:16]
15. Lucinda Williams "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" [1:54]
16. Skip James "Illinois Blues" [1:46]
17. Music in Their Eyes: Vintage Montage [:32]
18. Alvin Youngblood Hart "Illinois Blues" [2:15]
19. Bonnie Paitt "Devil Got My Woman" [1:34]
20. Two Devils [:38]
21. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion "Devil Got My Woman" [1:46]
22. Skip James "Cherry Ball"/Beck "I'm So Glad" [2:29]
23. Late into the Night [1:06]
24. Skip James ."22-20 Blues" [1:20]
25. Skip James: Piano Man Too [:39]
26. A Rich Man at the Crossroads [:23]
27. Lou Reed "Look Down the Road" [1:21]
28. Skip James "Cypress Grove Blues" [:51]
29. Skip James "Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader" [1:13]
30. New Life With the Lord [1:12]
31. English Kids and Filmmakers [1:37]
32. John Mayall "Death of J.B. Lenoir" [:13]
33. J.B. Lenoir and the Seabergs [1:16]
34. J.B. Lenoir "I Feel So Good" [:39]
35. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "I Feel So Good" [1:45]
36. J.B. Lenoir "I've Been Down So Long" [1:29]
37. Gold in Black and White [1:39]
38. J.B. Lenoir "Everything I Do" [:41]
39. J.B. Lenoir "I Want to Go" [:22]
40. J.B. Lenoir: Interactive [1:01]
41. J.B. Lenoir/Bonnie Paitt "Found and Round" [1:45]
42. J.B. Lenoir/Los Lobos "Voodoo Music" [1:17]
43. J.B. Lenoir: Introspective [1:07]
44. Shemekia Copeland "God's Word" [2:08]
45. J.B. Lenoir "God's Word" [:31]
46. J.B. Lenoir Is Dead [1:33]
47. T. Bone Burnett "Don't Dog Your Woman" [1:05]
48. J.B. Lenoir (Cassandra Wilson) "Slow Down" [1:48]
49. The First Note of Rediscovery: Newport '64 [1:18]
50. Skip James "Devil Got My Woman" [:59]
51. Skip James "Cherry Ball Blues" [1:17]
52. An Abstract Musician: The Great Beyond [:33]
53. Skip James "Worried Blues" [1:59]
54. Skip James "I'm So Glad" [1:21]
55. Buyin' Time [:25]
56. Garland Jeffreys "Washington DC Hospital Blues" [1:57]
57. Proud Men and Changes Coming [:59]
58. Cassandra Wilson "Vietnam Blues" [1:18]
59. Eagle-Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, And James "Blood Ulmer "Down in Mississippi" [:59]
60. Down in Mississippi [1:20]
61. Let Freedom Reign [1:07]
62. An Incredible Legacy [:15]
63. Skip James "Crow Jane" [1:01]
64. Our Soul in Space [:59]
65. End Credits/Lou Reed "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" [1:28]
Side #4 -- Piano Blues - A Film By Clint Eastwood
1. Blues Series Open [1:15]
2. Open: Piano Blues [1:47]
3. Clint Eastwood at the Piano [:48]
4. Clint Meets Ray Charles [4:29]
5. Boogie Woogie Masters - Part 1 [2:46]
6. Duke Ellington's Style [1:49]
7. Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann - "Piney Brown Blues" [1:53]
8. Clint at the Grand Ole Opry [2:11]
9. Charles Brown - "Driftin' Blues" [3:21]
10. Clint Meets Dave Brubeck [3:41]
11. Art Tatum - The Greatest Pianist [4:24]
12. Oscar Peterson Plays "You Are My Heart's Delight" [3:36]
13. Nat King Cole Is My Man [3:28]
14. Clint Meets Dr. John [3:09]
15. Professor Longhair - "One of My Heroes" [3:18]
16. Clint With Marcia Ball [2:40]
17. Fats Domino - "The Fat Man" [3:52]
18. Dr. John - "Big Chief" [3:29]
19. Otis Spann and Henry Clay Play the Blues [8:32]
20. Jay McShann - "It's Just the Blues" [4:26]
21. Pete Jolly - "Little Bird" [3:31]
22. Phineas Newborn - "Lush Life" [2:27]
23. The Genius of Monk [4:39]
24. Dave Brubeck - "Travelin' Blues" [1:19]
25. Boogie Woogie Masters - Part II [7:24]
26. Ray Charles - "America the Beautiful" [4:15]
Side #5 -- The Road to Memphis: A Film By Richard Pearce and Robert Kenner
1. Blues Series Credits [1:11]
2. Are Y'all Ready for Bobby Rush? [3:23]
3. The Road to Memphis [2:17]
4. Coming Home: B.B. King [1:18]
5. Memories of Memphis [4:21]
6. Beale Street: Heaven for the Black Man [1:27]
7. Who Knows Rosco? [2:42]
8. 'You Never Would Warna Be White Anymo!' [1:53]
9. Amateur Night: Throw This Dog a Bone [1:58]
10. Black Spot on the Dial: WDIA Radio [:50]
11. In Came Bee Bee: One Worried Woman [3:05]
12. A Black Man Can Do That! [3:59]
13. A King's Blues [:32]
14. B.B. King - "The Thrill Is Gone" [2:08]
15. The Chitlin Circit: Bussin' the Blues [7:00]
16. Roadside Blues [1:34]
17. Sam Phillips: Deliverers & Borrowers [7:59]
18. Like Being Hack Twice [2:33]
19. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning [1:40]
20. Bobby Rush - "Hen Pecked" [3:22]
21. On Time for Church [:49]
22. Reverend Charles E. Polk & The Saint Luther Choir - "Stand Still/Stay Right Here" [:36]
23. Reverend Charles E. Polk & The Saint Luther Choir - "Dance for the Devil" [1:42]
24. White Boy: The Code Is Up Three and Down Four [:33]
25. The White Embrace: 1968 [1:26]
26. Reconstruction Blues [3:54]
27. Rev. Gatemouth Moore - "Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More" [2:11]
28. Homecoming [2:11]
29. I Heard That... [:55]
30. Ike Check One, Two. [1:40]
31. Ike Turner & Rosco Gordon - "Ike's Theme" [1:15]
32. Behind the Blues: W.C. Handy Awards Show [:21]
33. Memphis All-Stars [:59]
34. B.B. King and The All-Star Band - "Three O'Clock Blues" [:37]
35. B.B. King and The All-Star Band - "Noboby Loves Me But My Mother" [1:11]
36. We Hardly Knew You Rosco's Gone [1:34]
37. Big, Bad, & Blue [1:00]
38. Bobby Rush - "Hoochie Man/End Credits" [1:47]
39. Music Credits [:50]
Side #6 -- Godfathers and Sons: A Film By Marc Levin
1. Series Credits [1:12]
2. Opening Credits: Godfathers and Sons [:08]
3. The Blues Are the Roots [1:15]
4. Chess Records, Beethovers of Blues [3:17]
5. Muddy Waters: The Chief [2:09]
6. Electric Mud, All the Way to Hip Hop [1:25]
7. Otis Rush: Plug it in and Boom! [:48]
8. Immigrants: Blacks + Jews = Blues [1:17]
9. Maxwell Street [:33]
10. We Jus' Gonna Try Ta' Make It... [:35]
11. The Macomba Lounge [3:37]
12. Record Row: Keep it Raw [1:54]
13. Howlin' Wolf: Evil [:19]
14. Sonny Boy: Come On in This House [:57]
15. An International Bar Mitzvah [:22]
16. Bo Diddley: Diddley Daddy [3:13]
17. It Was All About Making Money... [2:27]
18. Willie Dixon: The First Black Record Executive [:18]
19. Koko Taylor: Somethin' Hot [1:18]
20. Talk to Me Baby [1:15]
21. Watchin' Daddy Chess [1:40]
22. Ike & Pinetop: Piano Legends [1:37]
23. Common Joins the Crew [2:55]
24. Rollin' Stones [:33]
25. Sam Lay: Close to You [:43]
26. Dylan & Butterfield: Their Way [:09]
27. Electric Mud Meets the Modern [:34]
28. Stylin': Symbols of Success [:07]
29. Groovin' Mannish Boy [:37]
30. Leonard Chess Is Dead [1:04]
31. Love in Vain? [2:07]
32. Chuck Berry: Music for Aliens [1:10]
33. Common: Freestyle Man [3:53]
34. Hendrix: Blues on Steroids [3:14]
35. The New Kings of Chess [1:17]
36. It's the Roots That Make the Fruits [2:41]
37. Bye Bye Baby [:20]
Side #7 -- Red, White & Blues: A Film By Mike Figgis
1. Series Open [1:10]
2. Red, White & Blues; Come Together [1:05]
3. Van Morrison With Jeff Beck: "Rambler's Blues" [6:05]
4. The Post War Years: A Revivalist Thing... [1:42]
5. Christine Tobin & Humphrey Lyttleton: "Young Woman's Blues" [1:08]
6. Sub-Splitting the Split: Ken Colyer [:18]
7. Big Bill Broonzy: The Art Blakey of the Blues [2:09]
8. Sister Rosetta Tharpe [3:12]
9. Skiffle & Lonnie Donegan [1:28]
10. The Hybrid Form: Humphrey Lyttelton & Joe Meek [4:30]
11. The Essence Is the Same [3:11]
12. Visiting Bands: Can You Change the Key? [:23]
13. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" Muddy Waters - Part 1 [:45]
14. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" Muddy Waters - Part 2 [1:38]
15. The Attitude [:35]
16. Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Love Letters" [1:34]
17. Clubs [:41]
18. Tom Jones & Jeff Beck: "Goin' Down Slow" [1:32]
19. Flamingo Jazz: Meeting Otis [3:15]
20. Reflections in Vinyl [1:38]
21. Booker T. & The M.G.'s: "Green Onions" [1:15]
22. American Forces Radio: Listening Parties [3:33]
23. Stormy Monday [:29]
24. Guitars [4:56]
25. Bending Strings [2:02]
26. The 1960s Explosion: Korner & Clapton [:09]
27. Alexis Korner: "Hoochie Coochie Man" [1:37]
28. University of Changes: Steve Winwood [:38]
29. Beatles and Stones [3:00]
30. John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Feat. Eric Clapton: "Yer Blues" [:38]
31. Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones: "Champagne and Reefer" [3:36]
32. "When Cream Came...That Was It" [2:00]
33. Taking it Back to America [:51]
34. Cream: "Crossroads" [3:17]
35. British Blues Invasion: Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Burden [1:41]
36. As Long As it Was Real [:55]
37. Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Hard Times" [1:51]
38. Out of Stagration: Music From Big Pink [:26]
39. What Is the Blues? [1:00]
40. Inlu With Jeff Beck: "Drown in My Own Tears" [1:04]
41. Was the UK Blues Scene Significant? [:18]
42. Credits [1:19]

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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This comprehensive presentation of the Blues succeeds like a musical sawed-off shot gun actually hitting the broad side of a barn. The good news is that most of the blues pellets hit the proververbial broad side. The problem is counting them up and discerning a pattern. Those of us who are familiar with the broad spectrum of the Blues can discern some beautful patterns. The average music novice in music can reasonably play connect the dots. Mr. Scorsese is to be lauded for producing and assembling a daunting task in covering the history and evolution of what began as a simple musical form based on basic human emotions, be they sorrowful or joyful. The package, in a back-handed manner, shows how various musicians took the blues and ran. Some successful (read: being true to their style and self-expression), some highly competent musicans, some working with no more than pure emotion and found objects. There are the knock-offs that are evident, and again this series exposes the charalatans and 'knock-offs' through out blues history. There were knock-offs among the god-fathers of the blues (Read: he or she is making money-I can do that).Some contributed to and helped to creatively expand the Blues genre, Some were quick -buck artists who even posed as the originals. Even the common musical historical blues buff can spot the fakes a mile away. Of course, it is not just the artisits, but the record companies, producers, managers, and music industry at-large that also has much to do with what is presented on on this collection. This is touched on, especially in Mr. Figgis's segment. The pure joy of blues artistry is loving presented by Mr.Eastwood. (Who Really gives the Blues 'Man with No Name' his due.) As with a production of this magnitude, we do get the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Questions are raised: was Jimi Hendrix a Blues hero? Is Blues -rock the Blues? etc, But the big question is who is the current 'audience'. There is no doubt about the massive historical importance and impact of the Blues. The relationship of Jazz and Blues. Why did an African-American audience collectively turn their backs on the Blues only to have it resruected by young college intelectual types and their need for a 'hip check'. Why did it become 'cool' and importatnt for a young white audience. Money is one answer. The sickening endless quoting of Blues influences by rock or pop stars, and the shameless patronage and bone-tossing to their 'heroes'. Not to doubt Ms. Raitt's sincerity love of the Blues, but you have to wonder when you cannot read about Charles Brown without having Bonnie Raitt's name in the same sentence. Let us not forget current problem with the designer blues of one 'K'eb Mo'. Shimmerering cloned sell-job for the PBS crowd. The trials and tribulations this Robert Johnson look-a-like must have had howing the fallow fields of pop glitter and re-inventing himself as the Blues avatar for yuppies for the PBS crowd. Screaming Jay Hawkins hit the mark with his 'black Music for White People' album. Screamin Jay would have loved Mr. Mo and his ilk. They ouught to name a PT Cruiser after him. So we have a template from Mr. Scorcese let's us pick and choose by way of overview as to what the real deal is. Just don't get the DVD Collection and accompanying CD sets thinking you have your bona fides. Pardon the double entendre, but a lot of 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears went into this great music called the 'Blues'. I can only suggest that Mr. Scorcese put the rst of his chips on the table and do for the Blues what 'Casino' did for gambling...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Scorsese's presentation is well covered, I feel that the PRI, Public Radio International, has produced a more extensive, thorough and more personal production of the blues. Keb'Mo' also narrates the 100 Years Of The Blues and of course does a terrific job. The difference in Scorsese's production and Ben Manilla's production is Ben Manilla production is more indepth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago